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and i'm michelle griego. tis 6-- we' veloping stories a good morning. it's wednesday, it's august 28. i'm frank mallicoat. >> i'm michelle griego. time now 6:00. we are following several developing stories. an officer-involved shooting in antioch starts as a car chase yesterday afternoon. and ends in a shootout with the suspects. authorities are still investigating just what happened this morning. >> fire burning in yosemite national park is now destroyed more than 100 buildings and homes of. the huge fire doubled in size yesterday has already blackened more than 280 square miles of woodlands. nearly half a dozen homes are gone after a devastating fire rips through a north bay neighborhood. firefighters are still watching the area for any hot spots this morning. >> the bay bridge closes at 8:00 tonight. no one will cross the span again. the new bridge opens tuesday at the latest. kpix 5 reporter anne makovec is
overlooking the old span where drivers are making their final morning commute on the old bay bridge. and i think most of them are saying, that's fine. bring on the new, right, anne? >> reporter: that's right. it is quite a morning. the final morning commute on the old bay bridge over my shoulder. next week at this time traffic will be on the new bay bridge. it's hard to believe it's already here am but that closure begins tonight at 8 p.m. at that point overnight crews begin to demolish the westbound approach making a temporary connection to the bike and pedestrian path. overnight tomorrow they will be grinding and paving the roadway working on lighting and inspecting this span on friday. crews will apply a polyester overlay on the tunnel. by saturday that demolition work will be wrapped up. saturday they will install the temporary bike path and work on striping into monday when they will install a barrier rail and
clean up everything for the grand opening on tuesday. now, we have been talking about this since they set the date for the closure and opening. some people haven't heard about it. we'll hear from them in the next half hour. anne makovec, kpix 5. >> you know who is going to be the busiest woman this weekend? in the world? >> i think liz is ready though, he right? >> in the world. yeah. we are ready. tune it right here to kpix 5 in the morning. we'll help you get around the mess. we are already seeing big backups at 6:02 this morning. i think some folks are advantage of using the morning commute to maybe take their last trip across the old eastern span. they turned the metering lights on a little early 5:48 this morning. so it is already backed up beyond the first overcrossing there you see in the distance. say good-bye. by this time in the morning the bay bridge will be closed. let's go to the macarthur maze. live westbound 24 near telegraph coming out of the caldecott tunnel picking up but so far, so good down the
eastshore freeway. that's the latest from here. with more on your foggy forecast this morning here's lawrence. >> very thick fog settling in over the bay area this morning some visibilities down to a half mile in parts of the north bay some drizzle out there, as well. you can see very gray skies to begin the day. that will give way to sunshine later on. temperatures now in the 50s and low 60s. in the latter part of the day, though, the clouds going to peel back toward the coastline. you can see making a pretty good run of it this morning. not into the interior valleys in concord and livermore but definitely filling in in the bay and north bay valleys. this afternoon temperatures warming up nicely. near seasonal in the latter part of the day. numbers in the 80s, inland toward livermore maybe 90s inland 68 in san francisco, about 88 degrees in concord. we'll have more on your weather, guys, coming up in a few minutes. big changes for labor day in just a few minutes. right now fire crews are keeping watch for hot spots in a neighborhood devastated by a fast-moving fire. nearly half a dozen homes are gone on marigold drive in
fairfield. kpix 5 reporter cate caugiran is in fairfield this morning where the homes were destroyed. cate. >> reporter: michelle, we are standing in one of the 15 homes damaged if not destroyed in this neighborhood. you can take a look, this one actually was just a complete loss. all that's left is a blackened framework of what used to be a garage. there isn't even a roof on this building. that's because these flames moved fast. these are shots from our kpix 5 chopper. it took minutes for this fire to turn this neighborhood into an inferno. the fire started in the grass near interstate 80 around 3:40 yesterday afternoon. firefighters got on the scene quickly but mother nature worked against them. the wind fanned these flames and carried them along the fence line to this row of houses. >> sometimes you just kind of get the perfect storm that things are aligned. the wind and fuel and homes are aligned. when that happens you just kind of get that cumulative effect. >> reporter: dozens of neighbors were forced to leave their homes but not before some
of them tried to put out the flames with their own garden hoses. it took nearly 200 firefighters from cal fire and several nearby counties to fight the flames. the good news is that there were no injuries reported. but this morning, at least 6 families won't have a home to return to. reporting live in fairfield, cate caugiran, kpix 5. >> at this point, any leads on a cause? >> reporter: well, michelle, firefighters say when -- in any fire like this, where it starts along the interstate, the first thing that they look for are cigarette butts. but they also say a car fire could have started this. so they are not exactly sure what caused this fire. >> cate caugiran live in fairfield, thank you. developing this morning, the forecast is favorable for firefighters in the sierra nevada. cooler temperatures and higher humidity are expected at the "rim" fire today. the fire is still only 20% contained this morning. 5500 buildings are threatened. most of them are homes. this map gives you an idea of how big the "rim" fire is, big
end than the city of chicago and growing. bigger than the city of chicago and growing. people from tuolumne, twain harte and long barn could be evacuated at any time. ken bastida is in tuolumne city this morning. >> reporter: these flames are pushing deeper into yosemite national park. the main tourist areas remain unaffected but the fire is erratic. michael williams is on the "rim" fire command team. >> when you get a fire that's this massive and you start to get these different columns that are different areas phi creates more wind. so when you get this heated mass, plume developing. when it actually settles back down on the fire, what it does is actually spreads the fire in different directions. >> reporter: the fire has now reached the shores of the hetch hetchy reservoir, which provides water to millions of people in the bay area. the worry, that ash could get into the water and contaminate it. so far, though, officials say the water supply is in no immediate danger. crews soaked the ground to protect some 2,000-year-old sequoias but their biggest
battle is still near mountain communities where 4500 homes are threatened. samantha smith has been living at a red cross shelter since fleeing her home last week. >> if you were stand on the ground n my front porch you would be -- if you were standing on my front porch you would be looking at the flames. we don't know if it's still there or not. >> reporter: smith is 7 months pregnant and had just assembled her baby's crib. >> he's only due in two months. so not knowing if i'll have his crib or any of the things that he needs is hard. >> reporter: in tuolumne city, i'm ken bastida, kpix 5. >> you can track where the fire is burning and the communities under threat with our interactive fire maps on our website. just go to kpix.com/fire. [ multiple gunshots ] >> got a gun, gunfire. some new video this morning shows a shootout between antioch police and a suspect. a kpix 5 viewer shot this cell phone video showing police scrambling as gunfire rings out
there. officers shot and killed the man after he pulled the gun and led police on a chase just before 5:00. authorities were following the suspect on hillcrest avenue when he lost control of his mercedes and crashed near wildflower drive. that's when a gun battle between the suspect and the officers erupted. no officers were injured. authorities were still investigating the scene early this morning. and developing overnight, the united states and its allies are now getting ready for a possible military strike on syria following last week's suspected chemical weapons attack on hundreds of civilians there. britain says it will put forward a resolution today to the u.n. security council. it condemns the syrian government for the alleged chemical attacks that killed hundreds of civilians last week. president bashar assad denies it. . >> this is all about the use of
chemical weapons. it's wrong and the world shunned stant by. >> u.n. inspectors are completed their efforts to investigate chemical weapons. the faa has lifted a temporary restriction at sf that prevented foreign airlines from landing next to each other. the airport will use a new landing system because of a new construction project in the area. the restriction was put in place two weeks after july's deadly asiana airlines crash. in other bay area news, there might be picket lines outside your favorite fast-food restaurant tomorrow. low wage workers are planning to strike at dozens of restaurants in the bay area. they are part of a nationwide effort to raise pay to $15 an hour for the workers and to get them better benefits and the right to unionize. thousands of people throughout contra costa county will be getting emergency alerts today but don't be alarmed. it's just a test. contra costa county authorities will test the new telephone
notification system. that starts at 5:30. test phone calls will go out to those living near the four refineries there. last year the emergency system failed to properly alert people during richmond's chevron refinery fire. right now, the "new york times" website is still down hours after it was hacked. a group calling itself the syrian electric company is claiming they are behind the website attack. the group supports the syrian government. by the way, this is the time in a month the "new york times" website has been hacked. 6:10. this iconic fountain near union square will stay where it is. how apple will incorporate the fountain into its new store. >> it's the next hip place to live. why downtown san jose is seeing a condo boom. >> miley cyrus caught people's attentions twerking across the stage at the vmas. why that move isn't going anywhere anytime soon. >> low clouds and fog around the bay area this morning, visibilities down a half mile in some spots. we'll talk about it coming up.
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,,,, that's where more than 100 firefighters are fighting ae chemical fire at a santa ana tigators breaking news in orange county where more than 100 firefighters are fighting a huge chemical fire at a santa ana warehouse. investigators say in started outside -- say it started outside and spread to the rest of the building around 1 a.m. this is a live look at the fire. hazmat crews along with the orange counties health department and the social edison utility company were sent to the scene. condos are making a comeback in san jose. there have been hundreds of new listings over the past month
and a new 24 story luxury condo complex is under construction in the heart of downtown. surge of shops and entertainment may be prompting the sharp rise in the area's housing market. >> it's hot right now. people want to be here. it's growing. >> condos that had to convert to apartments when the economy tanked are being reconverted back to condo complexes. and there are more than 600 condo listings in santa clara county alone in july. that's a 44% jump from july of last year. it is 6:15. a much loved bronze fountain near union square will get to stay put. apple has submitted this new design for its flagship store that it would like to build at post and stockton streets. the original design meant the fountain by renowned san francisco artist had to be taken down but people weren't to happy with that original plan when it was released so the fountain was going to be removed to make way for the new building but the backlash prompted apple to do an about- face. the found tape will be part of the store's entrance now and it be -- the fountain will be part
of the store's he wants transnow and it will be just a few feet over from where it sits now. the designer died in august. she was 87. much of her work is on display throughout the bay area. would you like fries with your hamburger? burger king is now offering a friend fry burger and the price, a buck. it's a standard burger topped with four french fries. it will be available september first, a french fry burger. >> already do that. nissan wants passengers to enjoy the ride. no driver necessary. the automaker plans to make cars that drive themselves by the year 2020. nissan is working on the vehicle with several other companies. they want to be the first automaker to drive self-driving cars. >> i bet drivers will want that when the bay bridge closes. >> help us get around. a little help to get around the mess and you don't have one of those self-driving cars we'll talk about the san mateo bridge, golden gate bridge and
a lot over the next couple of days. in the meantime, here's that live look at the bay bridge toll plaza. you can drive on it this morning. it's your last chance to drive on the old incline and serve. i'm not sure how many people will miss the serve part of the span. delays are growing. they turned on the metering lights early 5:47 this morning. so it is already backing up towards about the foot of the maze. at least 15 minutes to get on the bay bridge so far this morning. san mateo bridge westbound 92 starting to get crowded in the commute direction. the right side of your screen, this is traffic heading towards foster city. so coming over the high-rise, still locks good 14 minutes between 880 and 101. golden gate bridge traffic looking good at this hour, as well. here's a live look in sausalito. you can see some of that fog. lawrence has been talking about that. southbound 101 all green on our traffic sensors all the way towards doyle drive. mass transit bart right now 50 trains systemwide on time showing no delay. it will be a great option for
the bay bridge closure over labor day weekend with 24-hour service at 14 stops. muni, caltrain, and ace train one and three also all reporting no delays. so nice start to a monday -- what are we on now? wednesday morning drive. all right. with the latest on our foggy forecast, very soupy out there, here's lawrence. >> it does feel like monday. we have some thick fog early on. watch out for that. some drizzle, as well. and it looks like it's going to end up being a pretty nice day ahead with these temperatures right around seasonal and then i think the next couple of days may be slightly warmer but then some big time changes as we head in toward the holiday weekend. so headed out the door today we have high pressure to the east, a trough of low pressure off our coastline, we are kind of in between the systems right now. that means our weather is going to be mild and seasonal. much cooler weather on the labor day weekend. the fog is causing some delays at sfo. that's not a big surprise of over an hour on arrival flights
there. by the afternoon though that should clear out nicely. about 72 degrees and mostly sunny. if you are headed around the country the possibility of some thunderstorms into houston. that could cause problems there. 84 degrees the possibility of some thunderstorms also in new york. partly cloudy in denver and chicago. if you are headed around the bay today we'll find plenty of sunshine this afternoon. 81 degrees in san jose. about 78 in milpitas. 75 union city. 83 palo alto. east bay temperatures into the 80s in many spots. 88 livermore. 88 brentwood. 84 degrees in the napa valley. inside the bay we'll see those temperatures running in the 60s and a few 70s. looking out over the next couple of days, looks like things going to warm up just a little bit. but then the clouds roll back in. if you got plans for the unofficial end of summer, guess what, temperatures much cooler than average. but still comes right through labor day. >> looks good. >> you know, i think this next story is for you. >> really. >> yeah. >> okay. >> you have been talking about this a lot. stick around. high school students have been suspended over it. miley cyrus shocked the crowds
with it. and now the much talked about and provocative dance move called twerking will join the oxford dictionary. the official term twerk will be a new verb added to the oxford dictionary's online database. i think lawrence first thought it was tweeting and something else. >> he did think it was part of twitter. >> he did. your friends may not be the only ones who know what you like on facebook. how the government is assessing facebook. >> and i'm dennis o'donnell. would rain put a damper on the a's' bats in detroit? get your tape measures out. this was big in denver. wait until you see it coming up. >> what's cool about your school? you can submit your nomination at our website, kpix.com/coolschool. we may come out and feature your school on the show. we'll be right back.
good morning, everybody. justin verlander beat the a's twice in the play-offs last year. well, last night redemption and a chance to up their wild card lead. verlander needed 44 pitches to get out of the 1st inning alone. he wasn't good. brandon moss would agree. tied at 3 in the 5th inning moss launches one the other way off the former american league mvp. a's take a 5-3 lead. they had the baze loaded nobody out in the --bases loaded nobody out in the 6th inning. the rain started falling. the game was called and the a's will take it. they win 6-3. two straight now over detroit. hunter pence almost sent himself to the disabled list crashing into the wall a couple of days ago. last night he hits the longest home run in the majors this year. it measured 476 feet over the left field bleachers and off the brick wall and the giants win 5-3. see, there is some good news with the giants. nfl news. how about this? 49ers defensive coordinator
named rookie eric reid the starting safety for the week one against the packers. san francisco traded up in the draft to get reid who was a star at lsu. the coordinator never started a rookie for the 49ers. you can the chargers and 49ers thursday night on kpix 5. have a great day. you this you it. play of the day now. an upset in the first rally u.s. open in a big way. a 17-year-old girl victoria duval beat the 11th seed from australia. duval is one of the nine american women in the second round. her first-ever u.s. open match. what a big day for her. >> good for her starting young too. 6:25. some san francisco police
historic march to washington. how our nation is preparing to commemorate that moment and why one bay area man will never forget it. >> thick fog settling in over the bay area in some parts right now. we should see a whole lot of this in the afternoon. that means sunshine. how warm it will get in your neighborhood coming up. >> and our travel time between the altamont pass and the dublin interchange still under a half hour. coming up we'll get a check of your roadways plus mass transit. >> good morning. it is wednesday, august 28. i'm frank mallicoat. >> i'm michelle griego. time now is 6:30. right now, fire crews in fairfield are keeping an eye on any hot spots flames jumping from rooftop to rooftop in destroying a half dozen homes in a matter of minutes. kpix 5 reporter cate caugiran is in the neighborhood where several charred homes lined the streets now. cate, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, frank. just several minutes -- not several, just minutes ago firefighters were here just hosting down the remains of what used to be a home for one family and unfortunately they won't have anything to come home to here. this is one of the two homes
completely gutted by the fire. now it's just charred remains of what used to be a garage. not even a roof. it's just a skeleton here. that's because it took minutes for this fire to change the lives of several families along marigold drive. that fire was started in the grass around 3:40 yesterday afternoon along interstate 80. and it moved quickly. firefighters tried to get ahead of the flames and keep them from the homes but they were no match for the strong winds. the gusts carried the flames along the fence line of this neighborhood damaging if not destroying 15 homes right before neighbors' eyes. >> just unbelievable. like, this is stuff you see on the news like it doesn't happen. >> the house was -- this was flames coming out from inside. >> reporter: firefighters and police raced from door to door trying to evacuate the dozens of homes here. nearly 200 firefighters from cal fire and several nearby counties responded to these massive flames. the cause is yet to be determined but the devastation
is easily seen here. right now firefighters are trying to determine what started this fire. they say in cases where a fire starts along an interstate they look for cigarettes but it could have been started by a car fire, as well. reporting live in fairfield, cate caugiran, kpix 5. >> no injuries were reported. mother nature will help firefighters battle the "rim" fire today. cooler temperatures, higher humidity, are in the forecast 11 days after it started, the fire is still only 20% contained. this morning 5500 buildings are threatened. most of them are homes. crews are working now to keep those flames from burning into three mountain towns along highway 108. you see them there, 4500 people in those communities are ready to leave in a moment's notice. fire crews spent the night protecting some of the threatened homes on the northwest side of the fire. flames are about a mile and a half out of tuolumne city right
now. to the east, flames are pushing deeper into yosemite national park. the main tourist areas though are still okay. but the fire is very unpredictable. >> when you get a fire that's this massive and you start to get these different columns that are in different areas, fire action creates its own wind. so when you get the heated mass, this plume that's developing when it actually settles back down on the fire, what it does is it actually spreads the fire in different directions. >> that fire has now reached the shores of san francisco's hetch hetchy reservoir but officials tell us the water supply is in no immediate danger. they could get some cooler temperatures in that area, too? >> i think so, a little cooler, looks like humidity will be up a little bit. that's great news for firefighters. still, it's going to be difficult up there in the terrain and you still have some very hot temperatures in spots. still, as we head around the bay area today, we have some sunshine coming up. sunrise just about to make it now. we have some patchy fog though and it's very thick elsewhere. out toward the bay bridge right now, you can hardly see it out there because of the low cloud deck so we are seeing delays at
sfo of over an hour on arriving flights. 50s and 60s early on today. but by the afternoon here comes the sun again and looking good. these temperatures easily into the 80s in many spots inland. you will see a lot of 60s and 70s around the bay. about 81 in san jose and abou 65 degrees in pacifica. let's check the roads with elizabeth. thank you, lawrence. going out towards menlo park, northbound 101 approaching marsh road there is a truck on fire. it's on the right-hand shoulder but i only mention it because it is fully engulfed so they are working to get that situation under control. right now, our travel time looks okay along the peninsula and that one sensor 65 miles per hour shows that it's not causing a backup in the area. all lanes are open. if you are continuing up towards candlestick, here is a live look, northbound and southbound 101 moving at the limit this morning into and out of san francisco. obviously, a lot of fog there, though. you can see it in our camera and over at the bay bridge, it is backed up to about the foot of the maze. that's traffic. back to you. >> thank you.
happening today it's your last chance to drive across the old bay bridge. tonight at 8:00, it closes. the new bridge will open on tuesday at the latest. it will probably open sometime monday night. kpix 5 reporter anne makovec is overlooking the old span this morning and anne, you think people are ready for tonight's closure? >> reporter: ready or not, it is going to happen in about 13 hours a little over 13 hours. one week from today, actually less than that, this scene behind me is going to be flip- flopped. you see the traffic right now on the old span and then the new span empty. it's going to be just the opposite come next tuesday morning. they have been trying to get the word out for some time. the decision on the opening date was only announced less than a month ago, so since then transportation officials have been using tv and radio ads. they have signs up along the highways and city streets as well saying the bridge will close tonight at 8 p.m. and the new span will be open
by tuesday at 5 a.m. we sent out our new reporter brian webb yesterday to ask drivers about it and here's what he found. >> reporter: you know what's going on this week with the bridge? >> no. >> reporter: nothing? the bay bridge. >> uhm -- >> reporter: they are closing the bay bridge? >> they are closing it? oh, okay. >> i was aware this they were closing the bridge. i'm not aware of the exact hours. >> reporter: bay area mass transit has been gearing up to help people get around. bart will run 24 hours a day at 14 stations. ac transit will have extra service to bart stations. three additional ferries will be going across the bay. now, as far as what is going to happen during the five-day period on the new span, we'll talk a little bit about that before the top of the hour. right now live on yerba buena island, anne makovec, kpix 5. >> to help you get around while the bridge is closed, we have a survival guide on kpix.com/bridge. checking some other bay area headlines now on this wednesday, you have a new option for getting around san
francisco, san jose and points between. the bay area bike share pilot program kicks off tomorrow. 700 bicycles will be available at various locations in san francisco, redwood city, palo alto, mountain view and san jose. daily passes are nine bucks. it's $88 for a year. a bargain. some san francisco police officers will soon be recording every search. 50 plainclothes supervisors will be wearing videocameras on their chests. this comes as the fbi continues to investigate officers' conduct during a hotel drug raid back in 2011. more than 100 cases were dropped after security cameras led to allegations that officers lied about searches and arrests. governor brown proposes a new solution to the state's prison overpopulation problem. in a press conference yesterday brown proposed the $135 million plan that would send inmates to private prisons. the plan is in response to the federal court order to significantly reduce the number
of inmates crowding california's jails. >> this is not an issue of how many people should be in our prisons only. it's how many people will pledge not to commit crimes that would get them back in. >> the proposed plan could reach a price tag of some $700 million over the next two years with the majority of that money coming from the state's reserve funds. it's 6:38. let's take you live to the martin luther king memorial in washington, d.c. 50 years ago today, he delivered his iconic speech. preparations are under way for today's march on washington. president obama will be attending the ceremony and he will be joined by former presidents carter and clinton. mr. obama considers the historic event of 1963 to be a seminal event. he says the anniversary is a good time to reflect on how far the country has come and still has to go. 50 years later a bay area man remains dedicated to making sure everyone is treated equal.
i had a chance to sit down with cecil williams as he reflected on the march on washington. >> i have a dream today. >> reporter: those are words forever ingrained in our country's history, martin luther king, jr. august 28, 1963, in front of a quarter of a million people at the link congress memorial inspired a nation. >> i knew that this man was going to do something magnificent. >> reporter: williams was there. >> i was just taken back completely because i never seen that many people come together and for a cause that touched my life because of the pigmentation of my skin. there were people who said you can't do it. you're black. no matter what you've accomplished you still can't be the kind of person that we are. >> listening to dr. king that
day strengthened williams' courage. >> as martin ended his speech, i began to say, i'm going to do more. >> reporter: that's when williams came to san francisco and committed himself to the civil rights movement. he became the pastor of glide memorial church at 10,000 member congregation open to anyone. >> my dream was to have a church that would be totally integrated. but the time has come for us to stand up and become human and become people who were working together to eradicate racism and all the other isms. >> reporter: 50 years after the speech, williams says we have made progress but still have much work to do. all of us can do it if we make a commitment to say to people we are sure that the time has come for all of us to make america what it should be and can be and will be but we all
have to participate. >> reporter: and that starts with love. >> people when they really love when they really love are courageous and they never walk back they walk forward. that's what martin wants us to do is keep going forward. so that all of us can say one of these days free at last, free at last. >> thank god amighty we are free at last. >> you can see president obama's address on kpix.com. time now is 6:41. your social media information may be more valuable than you think. the facebook request made by governments around the world. >> having that kind of factor is humbling. >> a viral photo hitting hearts all across the country.
the story of love and survival behind this photo. >> the markets open up about 10 minutes ago. let's check the early numbers. it's been tough sledding of the last week but so far, everything is green. it's good news perhaps there. we are going to crunch the numbers with jason brooks when we come back. safeway presents real big deals of the week. or how to find big savings on the things you need. just make a straight line to safeway. your club card gets you deals you can't find anywhere else. load up the cooler. your favorite pepsi products are just $2.47 a 12-pack. charmin is $11.99 for 24 double rolls. and make it a giant scoop. breyers ice cream is only $2.88. real big deals this week and every week. only at safeway. ingredients for life.
nation... with just one phoa photographer posted this pie of the couple on facebook. ost both his legs a marine and his wife are inspiring a nation with this photo. a photographer posted the picture of the couple on facebook. he lost both legs in afghanistan. he was on a mission to remove an i.e.d. when one exploded under him. the couple just celebrated their first anniversary and had
family pictures taken. they are overwhelmed by the response. >> having that kind of impact is very humbling. >> first reaction was i wanted to just be able to reply to each one but then they kept coming. >> hard to keep up. the original posting has been shared thousands of times and that's not the couple -- the ripple effect of people sharing the couple's story. nice. governments around the world have asked facebook for information on more than 38,000 users. the social media released a report on the scope of requests for the first half of 2013. it comes after nsa leaker edward snowden revealed that most major internet companies routinely give data on its users. so far facebook has complied with most requests. fewer americans are getting in line for mortgages. >> here now is kcbs radio's financial reporter jason brooks on a wednesday. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. rising mortgage rates certainly having an impact in that particular business. the mortgage bankers association says that overall
mortgage applications fell 2.5% in the past week down 2.5% -- actually down by 4.5% when it comes to refi apps while new home applications rose by 2.5%. the mba says the average 30- year loan was 4.8%. 12 basis points higher than the prior week is the highest it's been in the past two years. despite that, we have seen decent home sales, previously owned home sales up 6.5% in july new home sales down more than 13%. bad news at the pump as oil prices continue to rise mainly due to worries over potential military strike in syria. we have oil prices right now around $110 a barrel. that's the highest they have been in two years. the market had one of its worst days in a while yesterday based off syrian jitters. the biggest drop of the nasdaq the dow at a two-month low. the market looking to stabilize this morning. let's check the numbers. the dow is up 25 points. the nasdaq is gaining 10. the s&p is moving higher by 2
points. michelle and frank, back to you. >> all right, jason brooks from kcbs news, thank you. 6:47 now. let's kick it over to liz who is going to have quite the weekend, i guess, right? >> it is, yeah. the bay bridge of course shutting down at 8:00 tonight. you can check out our kpix 5 facebook page to see frank mallicoat's very last trip across the old eastern span this morning. there you go. yeah. [ laughter ] >> northbound 101, at marsh road we had that car fire and now it is blocking two of the right lanes. fire crews are on scene now. so it sounds like the fire is pretty much out but they are blocking those lanes so we are seeing some slowdowns now coming into menlo park. checking the east bay now, and the ride down the eastshore freeway, pretty typical as you approach carlson boulevard. you can see through richmond and we do have some delays through berkeley towards the macarthur maze. drive time though still good in the clear 23 minutes between the carquinez bridge to the maze. bay bridge metering lights have been on since before 6:00. so that, unfortunately, is backed up. it is jammed solid towards the foot of the maze. probably 15 to 20 minutes just
to get you on to the bay bridge. and, of course, your alternates are going to be hot spots tomorrow. the san mateo bridge, golden gate bridge, once that bay bridge shuts down. mass transit will be a great option tomorrow, as well. bart systemwide on time with no delay for this morning's driver. muni, caltrain, ace trains 1 and 3 have also been all on schedule. that's the latest from the "timesaver traffic" center. with more on your forecast, looks a little like winter out there, lawrence. >> the thick fog is really settled in over a good part of the bay area this morning. it is very thick in spots. down to a half mile visibilities. by the afternoon, we have plenty of sunshine on tap. and some seasonal temperatures. looks like we'll warm up over the next few days but then big time changes toward the holiday weekend. high pressure sliding its way eastward. we have low pressure off the coastline right here. we are kind of in between systems. so while we sit there, well, we are going to do so for the next couple of days really near seasonal temperatures today and probably for the next couple of
days but over the weekend that whole trough will slide in toward the bay area. around the state you'll find smoke in the high country due to the "rim" fire there. 94 degrees in yosemite. about 78 in lake tahoe. 90s toward the central valley and about 70 and partly cloudy into monterey bay. around the bay today we'll see about 81 in san jose. 76 in fremont. 65 degrees in pacifica. east bay temperatures moving well into the 80s inland. then inside the bay we'll find sunny skies too about 75 in oakland and 68 in san francisco. next couple of days, looks like warming up slightly but over the weekend the holiday weekend, the clouds roll back in. that trough moves in and these temperatures headed well below the average. hey, kids, it's time to get up and get ready for school. stone valley middle school alamo you have your morning bell some patchy dense fog early on but sunshine for the middle of the day. and then upper 80s as you head in toward the afternoon. if you would like us to do your school forecast for you, go to kpix.com/schoolcast. we will be happy to put that on the air. >> got the guns out today. >> i'm just doing my whole
thing! [ laughter ] >> pretty cool lawrence, thanks. time for a look at what's coming up later on "cbs this morning." gayle king has more from new york. >> reporter: good morning. i'm thinking, guys, the kids don't like you to be that happy talking about going back to school. >> thinking you're probably right. >> i agree. >> stop it. >> reporter: that's right, stop it. frank and michelle, it's good to see you it. major garrett is at the white house with new details as the administration builds a case for action in syria. plus holly williams reports from the border on how people inside syria may be helping the u.s. prepare for an attack. also, scott pelley joins us with memories from people who 50 years ago today watched martin luther king, jr. deliver his "i have a dream" speech. and jazz great and cbs news cultural correspondent that would be the one and only winton marsalis shares his own dreams for a more equal future. the news is back in the morning. we'll see you at 7 straight up. back to you guys. >> thank you, gayle. have a great show. "cbs this morning" starts at 7:00. time now 6:51.
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also speak. the fire burning in yosemite national park has now destroyed more than 100 buildings and homes. the huge fire doubled in size yesterday and has blackened more than 280 square miles of woodlands there. it is now 23% contained. some 4500 other homes and buildings are threatened. firefighters are hoping higher humidity will help them gain the upper hand today. happening today also, in just 13 hours, the bay bridge will shut down for good and tuesday will be a whole new morning commute when the new eastern span is open. kpix 5 reporter anne makovec is overlooking the old span where cars are crossing the bridge one last time. anne. >> reporter: it's an historic week here in the bay area. there's going to be a lot happening between the closure which starts tonight at 8 p.m. and then the re-opening of the new span you can see here a couple of crews on there right now, that is going to reopen by 5 a.m. on tuesday. here's what needs to be done in
the meantime. tonight crews are going to start demolishing the bridge's westbound approach making room for a temporary connector to the bike and pedestrian path. then overnight and tomorrow, they will be grinding and paving the roadway working on lighting and inspecting the span. on friday, they will put a polyester overlay on the tunnel. by saturday, that demo work will be wrapped up. sunday the temporary bike pathway and striping into monday when they will install a barrier rail and then clean everything up for the opening which again will happen by 5 a.m. on tuesday. there's a lot of other ways to get around the other bay area transportation agencies like bart and the ferry system stepping up trying to help people get across the bay as this work goes on over the next five days. live on yerba buena island, anne makovec, kpix 5. >> good week for a vacation. but if you don't, we'll help you around that five-day closure. we have a survival guide at kpix.com/bridge. and in the meantime, we have our own traffic troubles so far this morning along the
peninsula. i mention that truck fire blocking a couple of lanes. fire crews trying to put that out on northbound 101 approaching marsh road. now we have a new accident in the backup northbound 101 at willow. we are seeing a lot of delays right now coming through menlo park. yes, this is a live look at the bay bridge toll plaza. your last commute across the bay bridge in a while. it closes at 8:00 tonight. your last chance to drive the old incline and the old "s" curve. so far things look good though once you're on the upper deck and a quick look at 101 near trimble, so far moving at the limit in san jose. >> and liz, we have the fog outside this morning, very thick in spots especially in the north bay. visibilities down to about a half a mile there. 50s and some 60s now. but by the afternoon, get a load of all the sunshine we're going to see these temperatures looking nice too in the upper 80s inland. you will see 60s still some patchy fog toward the coastline very mild inside the bay a little warmer the next couple of days, cooling down, guys, for the holiday weekend. >> thank you, lawrence. thank you for watching kpix 5 news this morning.
"cbs this morning" is coming up next. your next local update is 7:26. captions by: caption colorado firstname.lastname@example.org good morning to our viewers in the west. it's wednesday, august 28th, 2013. welcome to "cbs this morning." the u.s. offers new evidence that syria used chemical weapons, while syrian rebels tell our holly williams they're advising america where to attack. and is the comeback over? wall street worries about war and housing. >> a cbs news poll finds race relations are going backward in the u.s. we're on the national mall, marking 50 years since the historic march on washington. a ground-breaking court ruling says you can be in trouble for sending a text to someone who is driving. >> we begin this morning with a look at today's "eye opener," your world in 90